Disney Girls Trip Part 2: Before the Race

I left off with our packet pickup at the Animal Kingdom Parking lot. From there, we hopped a bus to EPCOT. We had some fastpasses and then dinner reservations at Via Napoli. We were there during the Flower and Garden festival, so it was fun to see all the topiaries.

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Hi Epcot!

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First things first, we needed some caffeine. I tried the new S’mores Frap at Starbucks. It was delicious!

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Then it was time to laugh at our funny pictures on Spaceship earth They did not disappoint.

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We rode Soarin, then headed over to the World Showcase to make our way to Italy for dinner. We really worked up an appetite with the long walk.

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I rewarded myself for a job well done on the long walk with some yummy food.

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PIZZA! We may or may not have eaten the whole thing…

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After being sufficiently filled with carbs and lots of cheese, we waddled towards the exit and called it a night.

The next morning started off the way every day should start, with a Mickey waffle!

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Hello Caribbean Beach resort!

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We got on a bus for Hollywood Studios, ready for our first full day.

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it was so strange with the hat completely gone.

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Once again, we caffeinated, then we hit up Toy Story Mania.

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For some reason I thought the coach was being taken away in April, and was bummed I forgot to go get a photo during Princess. However, it was still there, so we stood in line of course.

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We had lunch at Mama Melrose. I have note eaten there in about 7 years, and it was surprisingly better than I remember. I had some pasta to get me fueled up for the big race, and then we headed back t the hotel to nap. It was such a gorgeous day outside that I decided to nap outside our room in a hammock. Ever have one of those naps where you aren’t really sure if you fell asleep or not? That was me. Oh well.

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We grabbed some dinner at the food court and then just hung out in the room. It was so odd waiting around for a night race, we didn’t need to be on the bus until about 8:15, which, let’s be honest, it normally when I am about to start heading for bed!

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Next up will be my race recap, stay tuned!

QOTD: Have you ever run a night race? Do you prefer it? Favorite ride at Hollywood Studios?

Disney Princess Weekend: Monday, and a Giveaway!

 

In case you missed my other non-running Disney Princess posts, you can check them out below:

Disney Princess weekend Friday

Disney Princess Weekend Saturday

Disney Princess Weekend Sunday

After quite the eventful Sunday, we were excited to hit the parks at a nice relaxing pace on Monday. We went to Hollywood Studios, and wore our I did it shirts.

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We headed straight for Toy Story Mania. The fastpass return time was already really late, so we stood in the standby line, which went by really fast.

We saw this hilarious guy on the street telling people to stop and go.

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We made sad faces in our picture then he changed his at the last minute.

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my mom wanted a picture with this funny pair. I could watch the street performers all day! Be sure to watch them if they are out when you are there!

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Karen and I wanted to ride Star Tours, so our moms waited for us to be down with it. There was hardly a line for it, either! We also saw Beauty and the Beast.

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I really can’t remember what else we did besides lunch! We ate at Backlot Express, and it took forever to get my sandwich because I special ordered it. I won’t make that mistake again, I will just pick off the stuff I don’t like.

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We decided to head back to the hotel and then go to the Magic Kingdom (I love being on the monorail!) To do some shopping and I really wanted a dole whip! First, we got a picture with Richard. I love this guy, he has been at the Grand for 20 years. Whenever a bride is getting her photos taken at the resort, he goes around with her holding the train of her dress up. it is so. cute.

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We hopped on the monorail and were quickly at the gates of the magic Kingdom.

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I snagged a couple pics of the Main Strees Barber shop

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My mom and I headed for adventureland and Dole Whips while Karen and her mom were in search of some regular ice cream.

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aaahhh my trip is now complete. We seriously considered each getting another one they were so good.

We waited for the other outside the Plaza, and what do you know, the parade was about to start and we had perfect seats!

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make sure you get it all mom haha

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After the parade we did some shopping and walking around the shops, it was so relaxing.

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We headed back to the hotel just in time for scones and tea

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I used the down time to take photos with my stalker lens

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I honestly don’t remember what I did before it was time for appetizers! But, soon enough it was time for our last night in the lounge. It started raining, but we crossed our fingers it would finish before time to walk to Ohana. We were able to walk over there and enjoy our last dinner. Look who else we found, Megan!

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The food was good as usual, I was stuffed!

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We were able to watch Wishes from our seats, and then we headed out and took the monorail back to the Grand. Tuesday morning, we packed up the car and I somehow managed to drive the whole 9 hours home, with a car that looked like this.

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We had a great trip with great friends, and now have so many memories. Thanks so much for reading along for our magical trip!

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GIVEAWAY!

Remember Yesterday’s post that included Zero Water? Well the kind folks there have offered to give a RWS reader one of the water filter pitchers! This thing is awesome trust me. I saw them pour RED WINE into it and regular water came out. I drank it myself. Way cool. Here is how you enter:

1.) Tell me How much water you drink in a day (separate comment)

2.) RT, post to FB, mention on your blog (separate comment for each)

I will announce a winner on Tuesday, April  3.

QOTD: Are you a light packer or over packer?

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Running in Disney World: Boardwalk Area

 

Good morning friends! I played catch up ALL DAY yesterday on my computer. I looked up and it was 4:00! I got a lot done with clients, etc. but still haven’t unpacked my suitcase. Oops. I did manage to drag myself to the gym last night even though I rrrreeaalllyyy didn’t feel like it. Confession time: I ate like CRAP all of last week. I drank coke, had several desserts a day, and only worked out 3 times in 6 days and it shows. I felt so sluggish and just wanted it to be over. Today I am going to attempt a run, so hopefully it isn’t a disaster!

On a lighter note, I did have one workout last week that WASN’T a disaster. Last Wednesday, I had a 6:30 am flight to Orlando. It wasn’t fun getting up that early, but the great part is I was at my resort, by the pool by 11:00. I stayed out there a couple of hours and still had time to kill before the rest of my group arrived, so I decided to go for a run.

I have run the loop around the boardwalk area once before when I was staying at the Boardwalk Inn, but wanted to do it again and also run along the path that goes to Hollywood studios (this is part of the Disney Marathon.) I put on one of my running skirts and headed out the back of the Yacht Club.

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Facing the Yacht Club from the Boardwalk

I started out to the right. The weather was perfect, so there were a lot of people out and about. There was a lot to look at so I didn’t get bored.

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I made it up the hill by the Swan and Dolphin, and down past the shops and things in front of the Boardwalk Inn. All of the sudden, the heaven’s let loose and it started pouring rain! I just kept running, I was halfway around the lake, what could I really do?

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I ran on, and came upon Jen’s wedding ceremony location, Sea Breeze Point. Per usual, I took a picture and e mailed it to her and let her know I was thinking of her.

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I made it up the other bridge and stopped for a quick photo.

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This is where I passed the international gateway, the “back door” to the EPCOT theme park. I made it back to the Yacht club, and decided to go around again, but this time I would detour off by the Boardwalk and head down the path along the river to Hollywood Studios.

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It was very quiet and peaceful, with just a couple of families making their way over. I went under the bridge and could see Hollywood Studios in the distance. I kept having marathon flashbacks!

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I went up the hill to where the busses stop, and turned around and headed back to the boardwalk.

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A couple of boats full of people passed by.

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Below is a view of the Yacht club from the other side of the lake.

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I finished the loop and made it back to the Yacht club and my Garmin beeped, it was three miles exactly, perfect! I sat in some rocking chairs underneath the awning of the resort and cooled off while I people watched. Pure bliss!

Please also be sure to check out my post on running in Disney World, the Grand Floridian and Polynesian.

Also please don’t forget to vote for me for the Fitness Magazine Blogger awards!

QOTD: Would you rather run in rain or wind?

*Remember, I am a Disney travel planner. It does not cost you ANYTHING to use me to plan and book your trip to WDW, DL, or on the Disney Cruise Line for you! I can also book other cruise lines as well.* heather@travelwiththemagic.com

Disney Day 6 September 2011

 

Mornin’. I am on my way to St. Louis right now…well…depending on what time you read this! I am headed to work the Running Skirts booth at Rock n Roll St. Louis. If you are running, please stop by and say hello! I will be running the half Sunday then flying back home afterwards.

We left off on the Disney posts with a dinner with friends at Artist Point. The next day, we headed to Hollywood Studios after breakfast. Poor Jen was still sick and they didn’t plan to stay long, but we figured the boys could go ride some of the rides together that pregnant Jen couldn’t ride in her current state.

We had a good laugh at the fact that Mr. Runner’s Trials was wearing a “happily ever after” button from their honeymoon on the back of his camelbak. When the boys went off together to ride rides, people were congratulating them and poor Bobby didn’t realize why until they told us about it when we met back up with them. Hehe!

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It was also quite comical to see a very pregnant Jen walking around with him wearing the happily ever after (honeymoon) button.

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After they left, Bobby and I hit up Star Tours, and I was chosen as the Rebel spy. eekk! If you have no idea what I am talking about, go ride the new ride. Smile

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But I promise I’m NOT a spy!

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We had lunch at Sci Fi, a fun favorite. It gets a lot of points just for atmosphere.

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For Dinner, we met back up with our fellow vacationers for a huge, delicious, dinner at Ohana. I had a big #fail this night because the only picture I took was of dessert! Oops. Shows you what I was thinking about!

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It is all you can eat so we ate a LOT. Good company, good conversation, good times.

QOTD: Do you take a lot of pictures on vacation, just a few, or leave the camera at home?